Online course

Leadership Theory: The Basics

Get introduced to the theory behind Leadership and Leadership styles and find out the difference between managers and leaders.

Learn the basics of leadership theory

On this leadership course, you will be introduced to the theoretical underpinnings of leadership, different styles of leadership and their respective strengths and weaknesses.

You will have the opportunity to learn the differences between management and leadership and will investigate in detail the ethical issues that surround the issue of leadership.

What topics will you cover?

  • Fundamentals of leadership: what is the evolutionary process of leadership theories?

  • What are the major conclusions of the trait theories?

  • The skills approach to leadership

  • What are the major conclusions of the behavioural theories?

  • Identifying the major components of the contingency theories

  • Transactional and transformational leadership

When would you like to start?

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Differentiate between leadership and management
  • Critically analyse the trait, skills, style and contingency theories of leadership
  • Appraise the strengths and weaknesses of the different theories of leadership
  • Investigate the different types of leadership and their implications for organisations

Who is the course for?

This course is for experienced professionals looking to understand how a modern business succeeds through leadership, culture, decision making and change management.

Who will you learn with?

Alim Abubakre

Dr Alim Abubakre is on the advisory board of London Business School Africa Club.He did his doctoral studies on CSR & Strategy at Southampton University.

Mohammed Abdullahi

I am an Employability Lecturer. My research is located broadly within labour market transitions, unemployment, change management, leadership and the role of technology and big data in organisations.

Andy Coleman

I am a Senior Lecturer in Leadership, and Associate Director of the MA in Leadership and Management.

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured a gold rating in the UK government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is the country’s top modern university in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

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What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
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Get academic credit for an online degree from Coventry University

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